The Dead's Long, Strange Trip Could Lead Back to Recording Studio; K'Naan Flies Flag for Pirates

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Headlines: The Dead could become a recording act again, if the tour that began last night in Greensboro, N.C., goes well. Says Mickey Hart: "I would think that if we stay on this path that's inevitable. I think this could be a serious attempt at new Grateful Dead music." ... The greatest Grateful Dead show ever? Maybe May 8, 1977 at Cornell. Unless it was Feb. 13 and 14, 1970, at the Fillmore East. Also receiving votes: The performance of "Dark Star" in Veneta, Ore., on Aug. 27, 1972; the performance of "Dancing in the Street" in Binghamton, N.Y., on May 2, 1970. ... "Grateful Life," a Dead-centric exhibit by psychedelic rock-and-roll artist Stanley Mouse, opens tonight at Govinda Gallery. ... K'Naan, the Somali rap sensation, has some supportive words for Somali pirates. ... Miley Cyrus and her alter-ego Hannah Montana are still stars. "Hannah Montana: The Movie" doubled box office forecasts with a $34 million opening weekend. Cyrus releases a statement via Twitter: "Omgomg! my fans rock! the movie is doing great you guys!" ... Billy Corgan has produced a State of the Smashing Pumpkins manifesto. ... Festival producers say they're optimistic despite the recession. (Except for producers of the Rothbury Festival in Michigan, where sales are off by 25 percent from last year. "That's the one we knew was going to struggle, because it's in Michigan and you have so much unemployment," AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips says.) ... Virgin Mobile Festival is mentioned in that same Billboard story, which notes that the status of the big Baltimore festival "remains uncertain." Key quote from Seth Hurwitz: "We're working on some very exciting stuff. We're just not ready to talk about it yet." ... Delfonics singer Randy Cain has died. ... John Rich sues a former "Nashville Star" contestant for defamation. ... The woman accused in a divorce filing of having an affair with Bruce Springsteen says (through an attorney) that it never happened.

Reunion Roundup
Ted Nugent is getting his first recording band, the Amboy Dukes, back together. ...America yawns as Take That rules out a Robbie Williams reunion. ... Cam'ron might get the Diplomats back together next year. ... The Specials are back.

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By J. Freedom du Lac |  April 13, 2009; 7:47 AM ET Morning Mix
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